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Author: Erich Maria Translated by Brian Murdoch Remarque
ISBN13: 978-0224042208
Title: All Quiet on the Western Front
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Language: English
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Publisher: Cape; New Ed edition (1994)
Pages: 216

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Translated by Brian Murdoch Remarque

The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm and sure.

Start by marking All Quiet on the Western Front as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. This 1994 translation from Brian Murdoch is excellent and reads entirely naturally; he also contributes a thoughtful and unassuming essay which – finally, a publisher that gets it! – is helpfully placed as an Afterword so as not to spoil the novel itself. All in all a very powerful and moving piece of writing: if I had to recommend just one contemporary novel from the First World War, so far this is probably i. .

It was fairly quiet on our sector, so the quartermaster who remained in the rear had requisitioned the usual quantity of rations and provided for the full company of one hundred and fifty men. But on the last day an astonishing number of English heavies opened up on us with high-explosive, drumming ceaselessly on our position, so that we suffered severely and came back only eighty strong

Translated from the German by Brian Murdoch. All Quiet on the Western Front’ by Erich Maria Remarque. Fiction – paperback; Vintage; 224 pages; 1996. Translated from the German by Brian Murdoch. Described as the classic anti-war novel, All Quiet on the Western Front is a devastatingly emotional read about German soldiers fighting in the Great War. Told through the eyes of 19-year-old soldier Paul Baumer, it details his experiences fighting in the Flanders’ trenches. Over time Baumer undergoes a complete transformation from naive young schoolboy to hard-bitten soldier.

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Erich Maria Remarque's book is the portrait of a generation who euphorically left school to go out on the front, but who died in the cogs of the grueling machinery of war. Literature 1. 2. 100 German Must-Reads and their publishing companies. English translation: Arthur Wesley Wheen, Brian Murdoch. Erich Maria Remarque was born in Osnabrück to a family that had emigrated from France. He left Germany to live in Switzerland in 1933. His works were scorned by the Nazis, who burned his books. He resided in the US as of 1939. Following World War II, he alternated between the US and Switzerland, passing away in Locarno in 1970.

By Erich Maria Remarque Introduction by Norman Stone Translated by Brian Murdoch. By Erich Maria Remarque Introduction by Norman Stone Translated by Brian Murdoch. Part of Everyman’s Library Contemporary Classics Series. Category: Military Fiction Fiction Classics Literary Fiction Historical Fiction. Erich Maria Remarque’s classic novel not only portrays in vivid detail the combatants’ physical and mental trauma, but dramatizes as well the tragic detachment from civilian life felt by many upon returning home. Remarque’s stated intention– to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war –remains as powerful and relevant as ever, a century after that conflict’s end. Read An Excerpt. Also in Everyman’s Library Contemporary Classics Series. See All. Also by Erich Maria Remarque. See all books by Erich Maria Remarque.

INTRODUCTION: All is Quiet on the Western Front begins with Paul Bäumer’s company at rest, five miles behind the front lines between Langemark and Bixschoote. They have had very little sleep for the fourteen days since they relieved the front line and seventy of their one hundred and fifty men are dead at the hands of Russian gunfire. Remarque says that this novel will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war. If words can touch what men hold to be dear in their hearts and so cause them to change the world, this book with its words of a lost generation, lost values, and lost humanity is surely one that should be required reading for all generations.

Reviews: 7
What a great work of fiction. Feeling ashamed that I had never read this novel but heard so much about it, I finally got a copy and burned through the pages in 3 days. It certainly lived up to its name and legacy. The writing is to the point, Hemingway-esque, and rarely slows. Every fifth paragraph leaves one a jewel phrase or entire sentence that can qualify as a memorable quote. For example: "What do they expect of us if a time ever comes when this war is over? Through the years our business has been killing;--it was our first calling in life. Our knowledge of life is limited to death. What will happen afterwards? And what shall come of us?"

In my opinion, the Nazis burned Remarque's books not because he changed his name to a non-German name, but because this book is filled with anti-war sentiment cloaked as it had to be in 1928 when this was first published. To have lived through war in the trenches as Remarque did, qualifies him to speak to the insanity of mass killing that is war.

Let us all read his pages and imbibe the message of the cruelty and senselessness of war. I feel as if I want to go out and obtain a copy of every book Remarque ever published. Let his experience be our teacher; let his message endure. Let every school-kid in the world read and study these pages, so they come to know what war is. Let the decision-makers of the world pore over every passage, and ask themselves whether they will send their children to war. Let Remarque's works guide their decision.

Truly a classic.
There are books you read in your youth deemed classics that one is unable to fully appreciate until you've grown up, gained a greater appreciation of both life and the context that produced such works. Without a doubt, "All Quiet on the Western Fronts" is one of those novels. I read "AQOTWF" in 8th grade and remember liking the book. I generally do not re-read books, but after listening to podcasts and reading history on WWI recently, I wanted to go back and experience this book with better context.

Remarque served in the German army during WWI and is able to elicit the type of imagery and feeling only someone as a witness and participant can conjure. The story is narrated by Paul Baumer, an 18 year old German, who enlists along with many of his other school mates. WWI marked a turning point, the advent of modern warfare driven by technological change, couple with armies comprised of general citizens and less of hired or mercenary fighting forces. Paul and his school mates immediately encounter this horror, different from the romanticized battles of yore that they learn about in school. Remarque doesn't choose to place the characters in specific battles, representing the reality of a large portion of the war on the Western Front. These battles were brutality and killing like the world had never seen, the bulk of it trench warfare, with sides progressed marked not by victory or defeat, but yards or feet advanced. Death is everywhere, soldiers fighting in trenches alongside dead bodies of their colleagues and human waste for days, sometimes weeks at a time. All of this is remarkably rendered throughout "AQOTWF" along with Paul's transformation from naive & willing enlistee to disillusioned and devastated participant.

It is not just the physical that Remarque captures so poetically, but the emotional trauma. Some of the most poignant scenes take place off the battlefield. Paul's leave where he returns to his village is my favorite part of the book. We see the demons of a returning soldier, too traumatized to share the reality of the front lines with his family while they realize the different person he's become as a result of war. Essentially, Paul's soul is lost in spite of his physical body being unaffected. They termed it "shellshock" at the time, something we now refer to as PTSD. There are so many gut wrenching scenes of Paul and his friends confronting the reality of war, death and destruction at a point in life when they should be thinking about their future.

If you haven't read "All Quiet on the Western Front", it certainly should merit your attention. Like me, if you've read it as a teen, it is worth revisiting as its impact with greater context and a life lived will make you appreciate this novel even more.
Truly sad story. At first a bit graphic but ok after the first few chapters. Some is moving, some is laughable, life experiences. Young school boys sign up to WW1 They go away as boys and those that do return, as what? They become men at war but without the normal experiences of being a teenager. They have no job or wife to return to but are too old for school. A generation lost. A particularly sad part for me was the main character returning home for a visit. He was so happy to leave the trenches for a while and see his family but when he got there he couldn't fit in or share his experiences with those at home. The only life he knew as an adult was in the trenches. And so many died, the futility of it all. It's not all doom and gloom, I thought i wouldn't be able to handle it but it really was an excellent read.